Liquid Leisure: Girl, 11, dies after incident at water park

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An 11-year-old girl has died after going missing from a water park in Windsor, Thames Valley Police have confirmed.

Emergency services were called around 3.55pm on Saturday to report the child was getting into trouble at Liquid Leisure, near Datchet.

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She was found around 5.10pm and taken to Wexham Park Hospital but died, the force said.

Here’s everything we know so far:

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What happened?

Emergency services were called to Liquid Leisure, near Datchet, on Saturday after the girl was reported missing.

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An eyewitness told Sky News the child went under the water and “didn’t come up again,” prompting lifeguards to rush to the scene.

She had been with a group of friends to celebrate another girl’s birthday when she disappeared, they said.

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Ambulance services – including the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service and South Central Ambulance Service – were at the scene on Saturday afternoon.

Members of the public were asked to provide the girl’s name and staff asked customers for goggles to search for her underwater, according to witnesses quoted by Sky.

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“The lifeguards worked incredibly hard,” said the first witness.

“After about 30 minutes we were told to leave the beach just as the ambulance and fire department arrived at the scene. There was a police helicopter, an ambulance, and a search and rescue boat.

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“I saw one of the adults from the group the girl was in and I asked if there was anything I could do to help and she just asked me to pray for her.”

Fluid leisure near Windsor. Image: Google Maps

What did the police say?

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Windsor and Maidenhead Local Police Area Commander Superintendent Michael Greenwood said: “My thoughts are with the family and friends of the girl who has died as a result of this tragic incident.

“We are at an early stage of the investigation into this incident to understand the full circumstances.

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“All emergency services responded quickly and after an extensive search of the lake, the 11-year-old girl was found around 5.10pm and taken to hospital but sadly died.

“This was an extremely traumatic and disturbing incident for everyone involved.

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“I am aware that several members of the public entered the lake shortly after the girl struggled to get in but were unable to locate them.

“I want to commend her for her courage and bravery.

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“My sincere condolences go out to the girl’s family and friends and I ask that her privacy be respected at this incredibly traumatic and trying time for her.”

Will the death be investigated?

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The girl’s death is being treated as unsolved and an inquiry is being launched, Thames Valley Police said.

Although awaiting formal identification, the girl’s next of kin have been informed and are being offered assistance from officials.

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What did the water park say?

Liquid Leisure said in a statement published on Facebook it would be closed on Sunday.

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“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and everyone affected by this desperately tragic and disturbing incident,” the statement said.

“As Thames Valley Police are in the early stages of an investigation it would not be right for us to add any further comments but we will continue to give them our full support and support throughout the process.”

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Liquid Leisure describes itself as home to Europe’s largest aqua park and, according to its website, offers activities such as wakeboarding and a floating obstacle course.

“Liquid Leisure is home to Europe’s largest aqua park and the first official Ninja Warrior UK Aqua Park, set on one of the finest private freshwater lakes set in stunning parkland in the heart of Berkshire,” the website reads.

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